Woman’s selfie in Old Navy tank top goes viral for unexpected reason

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A photographer is getting a lot of attention after a photo she snapped in a dressing room went viral.

Rachel Taylor says she was shopping at Old Navy when she overheard a hurtful conversation about plus-size clothing.

“I was shopping in Old Navy, standing in between a teenage girl and her mom. The girl picked up a plus-size tank top, showed it to her mom and said, ‘Look! Me and So-and-so can fit in this tank top!’ Her mom laughed and said, ‘Yeah, you could! That thing is huge!” Taylor posted on Facebook.

Taylor says she was hurt by the comments and began to cry. She says she sat in the car and cried for a long time before eventually going back inside to shop.

In the end, she decided to try on the tank top in question.

“I ended up buying that tank top because, it turns out, I look fierce in it! Be kind. Think about others before you speak. And if someone hurts you, you have to move on.”

Taylor posted her selfie to Old Navy’s Facebook page. It has been liked over 86,000 times and shared 2,400 times.

Old Navy responded to the post, saying, “Rachel, you are amazing. We want to celebrate your fierce style by sending you a gift card.”

In response to people criticizing her appearance, Rachel said:

“First, thank you so much for all the kind words and for sharing your stories in turn. I never, ever, ever imagined that more than a few people would see this picture (I never see anything posted to Old Navy’s timeline) but I appreciate the sweet comments all the same.

However, posting a photo on social media is NOT an invitation to criticize, ridicule, or judge someone. Calling me a crybaby, telling me to save my shopping money for therapy, telling me to “do something” about my weight… what does that accomplish other than making yourself look like a fool? Sitting behind a keyboard commenting on someone else’s life doesn’t make you superior; it makes you a troll. Also, I don’t want any handouts from anyone, nor would I accept it. There are far too many people who need clothes, and I can buy my own.

I could tell you more about the tone of the ladies’ conversation, about our positions in the store, about my health and self-esteem issues, but I shouldn’t have to.

Obviously I didn’t handle the situation well, but I worked through it and I’m a better and braver person because of it. I wanted to share my story with Old Navy because I love my new top and appreciate them having cute clothes in all sizes. Now I’m refusing to delete it because people should know that they are not alone in their struggles, and even if they seem silly to someone else, their feelings are still valid. As my Mama always says, “If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all.”

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  • Michelle


    • Sheila Caldwell Rushing

      Michelle I think you look awesome in that tank top, just ignore the haters, as you can’t please everyone, even the Victoria secret models have body issues, and according they most of the public their perfect, which I totally disagree with, it’s sad that in this day in age you have to be a size 0 to be considered perfect. The normal size for.women in America is about a size 12 if I’m not mistaken.

  • pandora

    Truth is I could fit two of me in that top. I’m tired of people crying about hurt feelings when they hear the truth. If you’re okay with being fat great. It doesn’t effect me, but get over that stupid pc bull crap. People are allowed through this little thing we have called freedom of speech to say what they want. Stop acting like a child and whining about other people’s opinions. They are just as allowed as yours. Grow up people

    • rick

      You can fit two of you in there??? Yaaay…. want a cookie? Your comment proves that you can get down to a size zero but you’ll still have the spirit of a BIG BITCH

      • pandora

        I’m sorry you think honesty is bitchy. And I am a healthy weight. As a result I am at a much lower risk of heart dieses, diabetes, and numerous other heath conditions. I never insulted her size, but you did insult mine. See the hypocrisy? All I’m saying is people have a right to their own opinions even if they hurt other people’s feelings. Instead of crying like a child about it people need to not place so much value in the opinions of others and get over it like adults. Fostering unhealthy co-dependent behavior on social media only encourages people to throw temper tantrums and act like spoiled children. You feel a lot better about yourself and the world when you let go of petty crap instead of dwelling on it and letting it hurt you.

        • pandora

          When the truth hurts its best to open your eyes and face it. Ignorance is bliss but denial is hell. so sorry that there are people in this would who can’t see how they’ve become what they claim to hate. Hiding behind a veil of denial and hypocrisy won’t fool what ever void in your life you’re trying to avoid. Call me a bitch if you want. Judge me for thinking currently. Condemn me for not falling into line and following blindly to avoid guilt that the thought police say I should feel. I hope it makes you feel better about your own existence, but I know it won’t.

        • Adipose Rationale (@phat_excuses)

          Interesting that your comments have resulted in you being called a bitch, a whore, people hoping that others who agree get cancer and die…. yet you still havent made an actually cruel assessment of her weight. Which the person she overheard didnt either. If you take up double the space of someone who has a healthy BMI, then youre clothes will be double the size. That isnt a value judgment but an accurate assessment.

      • Cheryl

        That comment is for all the dumbasses calling her names and saying she’s a baby. Why don’t u people post a pic and let people have freedom of speech on ur pathetic picture.

        • pandora

          Who doesn’t have pictures of themselves posted? Judge away. Your opinion of me does not define me. I don’t need to attention whore online to find some meager sense of self worth.

          • Toby

            Call me crazy, but I’m pretty sure what you’re partaking in is a way to gain that meager sense of self worth. You’ve have great points, don’t get me wrong. We all have rights. But this isn’t about being “pc”. What the majority of us are trying to say is to simply have the decency to consider someone else before you make action. Just take a moment and think about why someone has ever been angry with you. What did you say? HOW did you say it? Do you feel like you’re not in hell because you weren’t denied saying it? I bet your life has some opportunities to be a little more considerate.

            Just think about it.

            Nearly everyone

        • Dealingwithidiots

          Cheryl, that’s the difference between me and you…if I get body-shamed in my pictures online, I DON’T CARE. I DON’T CRY ABOUT IT. Being overweight is a lifestyle choice, and unlike being short or tall, you can control your weight.

    • Lizzy

      I think you are missing the point. She’s trying to get across the point that regardless of freedom of speech our words have consequences. As human beings we should evaluate the way we use our words. This is a missed concept in this country. I’m going to practice my own words while kindly telling you that you used effect when it should have been affect, but I’m sure you don’t care.

    • Teena

      I don’t think the mother and daughter did anything wrong. They weren’t making fun of anyone, simply stating that two people of her daughter’s size could fit in that shirt. So what?! You can’t police private conversations people. Get over it and move on!

  • Stacey M.

    I call bullshit. This reeks of a grassroots PR stunt by Old Navy, and whoever this woman is. Seems too staged to be believable, and too convenient that this got so much attention off the company’s FB page. Come on. We’re not that stupid.

  • Dorothy

    Why can’t people just be nice anymore? Remember the Golden Rule? – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. America would be a lot better place to live if people actually followed it.

  • Mo

    What makes me sad is I didn’t see this tank at my Old Navy. I want one! She’s like looking in a mirror. Honestly, we look a lot alike in my opinion. I have a massive collection of tanks and tops from Old Navy because their stuff is cute, there is an awesome variety, affordable, and it fits me. You go girl!

  • roxanne johnston

    Your a beautiful person. You look absolutely amazing in your new tank. Thanks for sharing your story. Im a big person to and my self esteem is horrible to so hearing your story might make me a little braver as to how I go about my life with the teasing and ridiculing from others. You are loved by God always. Keep up your braveness

  • Rob H

    It really bothers me to read all of these negative comments. I have lost faith in mankind. I honestly can say that I hate people like you. I hope all of you negative people get cancer and die. The world would be a much nicer place.

  • Meg

    I was once a size 20, I am now a size 2. I have held up my size 20 shirts and pants and laughed at how I can now fit two or even three of me in it. This woman needs to get to over it. Nobody “shamed” her, she blew this way out of proportion. Of course the tank looks great on her, it is her size. It would look ridiculous on a smaller person. It is big. The big shirt fits her.

  • Mike

    Sure, she does look good in the tank top but it’s also meant for someone her size. We all know it’s less attractive and far less healthy to be overweight. Even God reminds us to watch what we do with our bodies. Does that body style reflect the temple of the Lord that it should?

  • Name Required

    So to sum up the article:
    I hate people who hate.
    Shop at Old Navy.
    Welcome to the shallow, self-centered, mainstream culture of the USA.
    Shop at Old Navy.
    It is ok to abandon responsibility for yourself as long as someone points out that you are doing it, because that is “oppression”, and being oppressed is itself justification for full reliance on the state to take care of your every need for the rest of your life.
    Shop at Old Navy.

    Everyone involved in this article, the woman, the other people, Old Navy, and Fox, and most of you commenters, all need to grow the f*** up.

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